The Fountain Festival Parade participants brought music and dance to downtown Newville Friday evening, keeping with the two-day festival’s theme.
Newville was the place to be Friday and Saturday as the town celebrated the 24th annual festival that surrounds its ornate fountain in the center of the borough.
Residents also decorated their porches to reflect this year’s theme, and judging for the contest was held prior to the parade. A 5K run; the library’s book sale; performances by local entertainment, including the Shippensburg Swing Band and Frances Drost; a street dance; delicious food; and a historical presentation entitled, “This N That About Newville,” by local historians Bob Over and Joan Brehm capped off the events Friday.
Over the past 24 years, a lot of things have changed during and at the festival.
Over said, “Just look how far this event has come over the past 24 years. It was only to be a birthday party with ice cream and cake in celebration of the 100th anniversary of our local fountain. It has grown over the years to an outpouring event. I’m very proud to be a long-time resident of Newville and Newville will always have a place in my heart.”
Charlie Boyles of Newville said, “It gets better every year. Always good entertainment, good food, and most of the time, we have had great weather other than a couple of years it rained. For the small town of Newville, it attracts the local people and people from the surrounding areas.”
The two-day event also has been a reunion for many members of the Big Spring High School Class of 1965. Four classmates, and some years up to five or seven, all get together on the first day of the event to reunite and reminisce. Vicki Highlands and Donna Weer, both of Newville, Lynnette Lewis of Carlisle and Helen Kanupka of Connecticut have reunited for 21 of the festival’s 24 years.
Kanupka said, “I look forward to this time of year coming back to my hometown and visiting my alma mater, visiting with my classmates. I only missed three years due to family engagements. This is a good thing that Newville has here this weekend.”
The parade commenced its route to the fountain at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Scott Donato served as the emcee and three judges voted on the best floats, walkers, groups and antique cars, tractors and fire apparatus.
Borough Manager Fred Potzer said, “The sound system we are using this evening is brand new. It was purchased with proceeds from the Fountain Festival, and contributions from the Borough of Newville, Joint Veterans Council and the American Legion Post 421.”
Potzer, who normally lines up the parade, sat under a tent watching the parade for the first time in 24 years. He said, “They demoted me down to selling Duck Derby tickets,” with a laugh.
The parade was led by a color guard and Navy Sea Cadets. Carl Sponenberg, director of the Shippensburg Town Band, served as parade marshal and rode in a convertible while waving at spectators lining the curbs. The Zembo Shriners zipped through the streets in their little yellow cars, honking the antique horns. Residents of Green Ridge Village were all smiles as they rode through the parade on golf carts. The parade came to an end and the judges tallied up their points to determine the winners.
Carolyn Kough, chair of the Fountain Festival Committee, said, “The crowd was fantastic. Every year, this event gets better and better. The weather once again was just perfect. The parade had a total of 39 entries and it was about 35 minutes long, which is average. I want to thank everyone at the formation of the parade for their cooperation.”
Potzer said, “This year we have a total of 26 craft vendors and 27 community services organizations participating in this year’s two-day event. A few of them are new. Most of the vendors have stuck with us year after year. This is the second year for the Farm Show milkshakes; they are doing great.”
Kough and Donato announced the parade winners at the end of the evening.
1st Place -- Bridget McCallister and her dog, Parlor
2nd Place -- Amy Holl
1st Place -- Society of Farm Women “Dance thru the Decades.”
1st Place -- Green Ridge Village
1st Place -- Boy Scout Troop 174
2nd Place (Tie) -- Cumberland County Dairy Princesses and Kingsley Blasco
3rd Place -- John Graham Public Library
1st Place -- Kriss Barrick
2nd Place -- Tim Barrick
3rd Place -- Ava Lay
4th Place -- Phil Warehime
5th Place -- Richard Wilson
1st Place -- Jack Lehman
2nd Place -- Chance & Blake
3rd Place -- Fran Mains
4th Place -- Charles Lobaugh
5th Place -- Roger Ile
Antique Fire Apparatus
1st Place -- David Houser
2nd Place -- Kevin Bacon
3rd Place -- Kevin Bacon